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, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, will have a new book in October—Power Play: The Literature And Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages
. Adams looks to medieval literary representations to ask what they can tell us both about the ways the game changed as it was naturalized in the West & about the society these changes reflected. In its Western form, chess featured a queen rather than a counselor, a judge or bishop rather than an elephant, a knight rather than a horse; in some manifestations, even the pawns were differentiated into artisans, farmers, & tradespeople with discrete identities. (2006)
University of Massachusetts philosophy professor, Louise Antony
has newly edited a collection of essays: Philosophers without Gods: Atheism in a World of Believers
. With contributions by Antony, University of Massachusetts philosophy professor Joseph Levine
, Daniel Dennett, David Lewis, Simon Blackburn, & 15 other well-known philosophers, Antony's volume captures the marvelous diversity to be found among atheists. None of the contributors dismiss religious belief as stupid or primitive, & several even express regret that they cannot or can no longer believe. These reflective pieces offer fresh insight into some of the oldest & most difficult problems facing the human mind & spirit. Antony is co-editor of Chomsky & His Critics
& A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason & Objectivity
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